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Playhouse 395 Auditions

Auditions Set for Playhouse 395’s

Spring 2015 Show, “Guys and Dolls”

Calling all actors, dancers and singers, we need YOU!! It’s time to start tuning those vocal chords and limbering up those dancing legs as Playhouse 395 proudly announces the 2015 spring production of the musical show “Guys and Dolls.” If you have ever harbored a secret desire to appear on the stage, or are a long-time “performance junkie,” your time has arrived.

Set in the 1940’s, gamblers, missionaries and night club performers mix it up in this hilarious satire about life on Broadway in New York City. All the big gamblers are in town for the biggest craps game of the year, but organizer Nathan Detroit needs money to set it up. Seeing a sure thing, Nathan bets high-roller Sky Masterson that Sky can’t talk missionary Sarah Brown into going to Havana with him. To Nathan’s dismay she accepts, and then the fun and fireworks really begin!

Auditions to take place at the newly remodeled Bishop High School Auditorium for “Guys and Dolls” to be held 9am to 5pm on Saturday, December 13, 2014, preceded by an audition workshop on Tuesday, December 9 from 6:30pm to 8pm with a possible Friday audition TBA for hardship on Saturday.  Director Dave Hardin says that he will need men and women of all ages, including older teens but, sorry kids, there are no roles for youngsters this time. There are even a few non-singing roles so give it a shot. The vocal audition should be accompanied and run between 60 and 90 seconds. Some simple dance moves will be taught at both the workshop and the audition. For more information,  call Playhouse 395 at (760) 920-9100 or email Director Dave at ddhardin@gmail.com.

Make new friends and join in the fun of  “Guys and Dolls!”

Drug Arrest in Mono County

Traffic stop leads to narcotics arrest
On the morning of Saturday, November 29th, 2014, at approximately 7:30am, Mono County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling southbound on Hwy 395 near SR 108 and Fale Hot Springs.
Bertin Cortez-Guzman, age 27, of Reedly, CA, and Jose Becerra-Cortez, age 18, also of Reedly, CA, were stopped by deputies on southbound Hwy 395 near SR 108 and Fale Hot Springs for speeding. When the driver, Mr. Cortez-Guzman, was asked for his driver’s license, he provided deputies with his Mexican Consulate Card as he did not have a California driver’s license. Both Mr. Cortez-Guzman and Mr. Becerra-Cortez were asked to exit the vehicle. Upon a vehicle search, a medium sized black and blue nylon case was located in the center console of the vehicle. Deputies became suspicious and called for the narcotics detection K-9.
K-9 Tara alerted to the exterior of the vehicle, and once deployed inside the vehicle, she alerted to the center console compartment and revealed methamphetamine. Inside the nylon bag were twenty six (26) individually wrapped plastic baggies containing methamphetamine.
After further investigation, it was determined that Mr. Cortez-Guzman and Mr. Becerra-Cortez were traveling from Reedly, CA, to Mammoth Lakes, CA, to meet a buyer and sell the pre-packaged methamphetamine.
Jose Becerra-Cortez, age 18, of Reedly, CA, was arrested for 11378 HS (possession of a controlled substance for sale) and 11379 (A) HS (transportation of a controlled substance).
Bertin Cortez-Guzman, age 27, of Reedly, CA, was arrested for 12500 (A) VC (driving without a license); 11377 (A) HS (possession of a controlled substance); 11378 HS (possession of a controlled substance for sale); and 11379 (A) HS (transportation of a controlled substance). Mr. Cortez-Guzman is currently in custody at the Mono County Jail.
All charges for Mr. Becerra-Cortez and Mr. Cortez-Guzman are pending with the Mono County District Attorney’s Office. – Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer

war of the worlds

Metabolic Studio Presents Historic Radio Play in Lone Pine
“WAR OF THE WORLDS”
the 2014 Season finale show of IOU Theatre
December 7, 2014 at 7pm

On Sunday December 7 at 7pm, the Metabolic Studio IOU Theatre invites the public to experience, “WAR OF THE WORLDS,” a live radio drama written by Howard Koch, directed and narrated by Orson Welles in 1938, and inspired by the H.G. Wells story written in 1897. The 1938 CBS radio broadcast performed on Halloween caused a historic fracas across the nation. The “War of the Worlds” script has been adapted by Jon Klusmire to be set in contemporary Owens Valley and Los Angeles.  This marks the fifth and final play in the IOU Theatre 2014 series, which began in June with readings of radio plays about the Owens Valley and surrounding area.

The script focuses on a series of news bulletins about an alien invasion of Earth by Martians and interviews with eyewitnesses, experts, the Secretary of Defense and the military. All sound effects for this production have been produced by Metabolic Studio’s Sonic Division and are indexical of the old Pittsburgh Plate Glass (PPG) factory in Bartlett. The sound effects utilize PPG as an instrument that plays itself 24/7 as the wind blows across the Owens dry lakebed and creates otherworldly sounds, hums, drones and frequencies in these resonator silos.

A troupe of local performers from Bishop to Keeler will read the play and perform sound effects. The radio play is free to the public and will be staged at 7 p.m., Sunday December 7, the Double L tavern, at the corner of Main and Willow, in Lone Pine.

Those under 21 can watch a live broadcast of the performance at the IOU garden next to the Double L. The garden will also host an Open House from 5-7p.m. Sunday with IOU espresso being served along with an offering grown in the IOU garden.

For more information visit:
MetabolicStudioIOUTheatre on Facebook and metabolicstudio.org.

BEAR PUT DOWN IN MAMMOTH

** NEWS RELEASE **

from the Mammoth Lakes Police Department

BEAR PUT DOWN IN MAMMOTH LAKES

On Sunday, November 30 at approximately 10:20 a.m., Mammoth Lakes Police Officers and Steve Searles, Mammoth Lakes Wildlife Specialist, responded to a report of a bear being shot in Sierra Valley sites. Upon arrival they were met by a local resident who reported he had shot a bear. The resident reported the same bear had broken into his garage numerous times in the past few weeks. Steve Searles responded to several of the previous incidents and confirmed that this resident was dealing with a problem bear.

On November 30, the bear again broke into the resident’s garage and began tearing apart his refrigerator. The resident yelled at the bear and it went outside. He followed the bear in an attempt to get the bear to leave the area. The bear bluff charged the resident who ran to the front of the house. The bear began following the resident to his front door. The resident reported being in fear of his life and retrieved a shotgun from inside his residence. The bear charged him again, turned away, and turned towards the resident again and approached. The resident fired one round into the bear’s buttocks. The bear then left the area.

An officer located the bear a short distance away and observed that it was seriously injured. The officer then put down the bear with one shot.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Warden Estrada responded and conducted an investigation. After speaking with the resident, Warden Estrada concluded that the depredation of the bear was justified and he issued a post-mortem depredation permit. After DNA evidence was extracted from the bear, it was removed and disposed in an undisclosed location in the forest.

Residents and visitors are reminded to secure all vehicles, garages, and residences. Food should never be left accessible or in sight. Bears are very intelligent and have the ability to smell food in a locked vehicle or garage. Cars and residences are broken into several times each year. Some bears are still out and eating as much as they can before hibernating. Please don’t encourage bad bear behavior.

The public is also reminded that Steve Searles and MLPD officers are equipped with non-lethal weapons that can be used to discourage bad bear behavior. Anyone experiencing problems with a bear should call 911 and report what is occurring. That will allow the most experienced and best equipped people to respond and take the best course of action for both public safety and proper bear management.

ES Audubon Events

Eastern Sierra Audubon Society Presents
Holiday Potluck Candlelight Dinner and Program
with Guest Speaker, Sherri Lisius
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
White Mountain Research Station (3000 East Line Street, Bishop)
Dinner at 6:00pm.
Program, Dancing Birds in the Sagebrush Sea of the Eastern Sierra- the Bi-State Distinct Population of Greater Sage-grouse, at 7:00pm
Please join us for our annual holiday potluck dinner, held at 6pm in the dining room of the White Mountain Research Station at 3000 East Line Street (4 mi. east of Bishop).
Do plan to attend as it is a fun event, and bring a friend or neighbor! Every participant should bring a dish (entrée, salad, or dessert to serve at least 6 people, and contribute either juice, soft drinks, wine or beer to the beverage table). We often run out of food, so we would appreciate contributions of larger portions so there will be sufficient food for everyone. Please bring your own place setting. Audubon will provide coffee, tea, juice, and a touch of wine prior to the dinner. Also, we encourage you to bring more main dishes and salads this year than desserts!
The Program:
Dancing Birds in the Sagebrush Sea of the Eastern Sierra- the Bi-State Distinct Population of Greater Sage-grouse
Following the potluck dinner, Sherri Lisius- BLM Wildlife Biologist- will give a presentation on the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of Greater Sage-grouse, recently proposed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The talk will include a discussion of the life cycle of the bird, an update on the status of the species, and an overview of actions the Local Area Working Group are doing to conserve the sage grouse and its habitat.

Sherri Lisius is currently the wildlife biologist for the BLM in Bishop, California. She has captured, counted and monitored Sage-grouse in the Bi-State DPS since 2010. Sherri has worked in the Sierra Nevada on and off since 1990.  Her work has included: bear management, amphibian surveys, backcountry ranger and wildlife biologist work. Sherri received a bachelor of science in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University in 2002.
For more information contact Jenny Richardson (email jennyn63@gmail.com or call 760-920-8541). Also, check back to the programs page for updates to the list of future speakers. Everyone is welcome to attend all programs!sage

IMACA board openings

INYO MONO ADVOCATES FOR COMMUNITY ACTION, INC.
Announces a REQUEST FOR NOMINATIONS
for MEMBERS of THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
To Represent the Private Sectors. The Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action, Inc. (IMACA) Board of Directors is soliciting nominations from interested Mono County residents to represent the following area on the IMACA Board of Directors.
PRIVATE REPRESENTATIVE Needed – 1 (Inyo County)
To represent the Private Sector qualified nominees will be considered that represent the interests of business, industry, labor, religious, welfare, education, private social services, or other community interests. The nominee must work or live in the designated county.

LOW INCOME REPRESENTATIVE Needed – 1 (Mono County)
To represent the Low Income Sector, qualified nominees need not be low-income themselves, but shall have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the causes of poverty and needs of low-income individuals within the county. The nominee must work or live in the designated county.

For more information, or a candidate interest packet, please contact Ashley Diaz at (760) 873-8557 or hr@imaca.net or stop by the IMACA office, 224 S. Main St., Bishop CA 93514.

 

Bishop Chamber, “Shop Local”

Message from the Bishop Chamber of Commerce:
Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday sits Small Business Saturday®, a day dedicated to helping small businesses and their communities. The small, locally owned businesses in our community need our support.  And likewise, our community needs these businesses!  
Some things to consider….
  • Small businesses contribute millions of dollars to local programs including our schools, ICARE, ESBCA, Salvation Army, IMACA, IMAH, 4H, FFA…you name it, these businesses are tirelessly supportive of our community!
  • A dollar spent in an independent locally-owned store is usually spent 6 to 15 times before it leaves the community. These dollars are used to make purchases from other local businesses and service providers, continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community. 
  • Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. Where we shop, where we eat and have fun — all of it makes our community home.  
  • Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and also create more stable employment in small communities. 
  • Sales Tax matters.  It’s not just what you buy, but where you buy it that counts! Sales tax collected locally helps to support many things we often take for granted – police & fire protection, parks & recreation programs, streets & sidewalks.  When you pay your sales tax at a store in the Owens Valley, you are doing your part to maintain many essential programs & services!
The Shop Small program was initiated by American Express a few years ago and it is really gaining momentum.  We hope you’ll join in our efforts to support local commerce this Saturday and throughout the year.  Visit ShopSmall.com to learn about other ways to get involved and support your favorite small businesses.

Mammoth Ice Rink Opening

From the Town of Mammoth:

Thanks to our hard working Parks and Ice Rink staff, the Mammoth Ice Rink will open to the public at 3:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, 2014 (weather permitting). Experience the exhilaration of ice-skating outdoors and under lights this Thanksgiving Holiday at the professionally maintained and staffed Mammoth Ice Rink.

New this year is our new 3-day Learn to Skate Program, a season-long Figure Skating Program, an enhanced Youth Hockey Program, and lunch time Broomball and Stick Time. Guests will also appreciate the enhanced changing room with carpet, cubbies and seating, along with our famous hot chocolate and popular outdoor fire-pits.

The Mammoth Ice Rink is an outdoor facility located at 416 Sierra Park Road adjacent to the Mammoth Lakes Library. The facility offers recreational skating 7-days a week from 11:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.  Amenities include skate sharpening (2 for 1 special until 12/19/14), skate rentals, snack and beverage services, restrooms, a heated changing room, and outdoor gas heaters.

Adults can skate for $12.00/session with rentals; youth, seniors and military personnel pay only $9.50/session with rentals; and kids 4 and under skate free (rentals $3.50) with a paid adult. This winter get your 6th Skate FREE with the Five Skate Pass (5SP), skate mid-week for half-price, and local students skate for only $2.00 per session (including skate rentals).

New Learn to Skate Program
Join our 3-day Learn to Skate program at the Mammoth Ice Rink.  Classes begin with the fundamentals and are structured according to the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program. Classes are scheduled for 60 minutes each day and are offered for both youth and adults. The program fee is only $31 for youth (5-15 yrs.) or $41 (16 yrs.+) for adults with skate rentals. The adult program begins on Wednesday and continues on Friday and Sunday from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. The 3-day Youth Learn to Skate program commences on Monday and continues on Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.  All participants receive a certificate of achievement and one complimentary skate session including rentals for your next visit.

Youth Hockey
Mammoth Lakes Youth Hockey is open to skaters 5-18 yrs. old. The cost for the 2014/15 season is only $159 and includes: 2 Team Jerseys, one year added benefit membership and practice insurance coverage with the AAU, and a Youth Hockey Season Pass.  Practice is scheduled every Sunday, Monday and Wednesday from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (non-holiday), and every Saturday from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.  During holiday periods the club skates on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.  Please visit www.mammothyouthhockey.com or email Patrick at mammothyouthhockey@gmail.com for additional information or to register.

Figure Skating Program
Join our US Figure Skating instructor and learn the FUNdamentals of figure skating. Classes are offered every Monday and Friday afternoon for the entire season at the Mammoth Ice Rink. Elementary School Students skate from 3:00 – 3:30 p.m., Middle School Students are scheduled from 3:45 – 4:15 p.m., and High School Students and Adults take to the ice from 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. The cost for a 5 Skate Lesson Pass is only $41 ($8.20/session!).

The Mammoth Ice Rink is owned and operated by the Town of Mammoth Lakes through a partnership with Mammoth Unified School District (MUSD) and the Mono County Office of Education (MCOE).  The facility is drug-free, smoke-free and pet-free.  We accept cash, credit cards, and personal checks with a valid driver’s license.

For the complete winter schedule, rates and special promotions, please visit www.mammothicerink.com, pick-up our brochure in all Certified Racks located throughout the Eastern Sierra, or call the Mammoth Ice Rink at (760) 934-2505 during operating hours.

Phone Scams in Bishop

The Bishop Police Department would like to make the public aware of 3 different types of telephone scams targeting residents in the Bishop area. The BPD have had many reports of scams circulating in the area and unfortunately have had some residents fall victim to these scams.

A new scam which has the police department very concerned is a male subject calling residences and claiming to be a representative of the Bishop Police Department. This individual advises the victim that he or she needs to appear in court on a specific time because they failed to show up for jury duty. The male caller identifies himself as “Sgt. Burns” and advises you can show up to court; pay a fine; or go to jail. The fine amount is anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. The male caller is very aggressive and advises the victim to put the money on a “Green Dot Card” and mail to a specific address.

If you have not shown up for jury duty, the county will notify you through the mail. Law enforcement will not call an individual and use scare tactics to make you pay a fine and or show up for jury duty. We recommend calling the police department and we will assist you.

Vehicle accident scams are becoming very popular within our community as well. A telephone call is made to a citizen; the caller asks for a specific person by their full name and tells them a family member has been in a vehicle accident. The caller advises in order to avoid insurance problems and higher premiums to pay a specific amount for vehicle damages. The caller requests the victim to “wire” money to an account to resolve the situation. Once the money has been wired, many victims realize they were scammed and are unable to retrieve their money back.

The Bishop Police Department has also received several reports of subjects claiming to be “representatives” from the Internal Revenue Service and demanding payment. The IRS urges citizens they do not threaten people for money and advise people to hang up if they receive this type of call. The IRS never asks for credit cards or prepaid information over the telephone. The IRS will not ask for immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action following a phone conversation. For more information regarding this topic, please visit www.irs.gov.

The Bishop PD is asking the public to become educated on these scams. Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason over the telephone. If you receive a telephone call and believe it may be a scam, please don’t hesitate to call the Bishop Police Department at 760-873-5866.

Arrest in Lone Pine

Attempted Murder in Lone Pine

On November 20th at approximately 11:00PM Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Lone Pine for a suspected domestic battery between father and son. According to reports received the son, who was also the suspect, allegedly attacked his father while the father was sleeping. The father was reported to have sustained serious injuries and had noticeable marks on his neck and face; he was transported to Southern Inyo Hospital for treatment.
The suspect, identified as 45-year old Lone Pine man Christopher St John, was discovered passed out inside the residence, and it was determined that he was heavily intoxicated. Initially St John resisted arrest; however he was taken into custody and booked at the Inyo County Jail under the following charges: attempted murder, battery with serious injury, elder abuse, and resisting arrest. Bail has been set at $500,000.

 

Photo courtesy Inyo Co. Sheriffs Dept.
Photo courtesy Inyo Co. Sheriffs Dept.